Archive for August, 2011

4th August
written by Nalin

hunger-collage-poster-300x233AUGUST 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28
by Eric M. Martin

Winner of the 2010 AVT New American West Play Competition. Produced by arrangement with Eric M. Martin, Quartz Hill, CA.

AVT is pleased to bring to the stage the premiere of this new, character-driven drama by local playwright Eric M. Martin.  Set in the modern day, this play explores the hunger for something new that often drives us to break for greener pastures… only to discover that, sometimes, the emptiness inside from which we run cannot be filled so easily. Rather, it pursues us despite all superficial remedies — and instead of looking forward in the way we hoped, life sometimes leaves us to wonder might have been.

STARRING: Kevin J. Hogan, Melissa Martin, Will Nicolai, Stevelon Mims, and Juan Juarez.

AUG 19-28, 2011
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm at the Antelope Valley Winery (20th W at Avenue M in Lancaster).

General seating, $9.
Students, $6 cash only at the door.

Fri, Aug 19 is a preview performance. All tickets are $5, and Patrons of AVT get in free! Join us afterward at Sagebrush Cafe (50th W at Avenue L-14 in Quartz Hill) for a reception with cast, crew, and the playwright.

This play contains strong language. We do not recommend it for young children.


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Jessie Ann Hassan, Director
Juliana Katzman, Stage Manager
Kevin J. Hogan, Technical Director
Kara McCollum, Artistic Director
Nalin A. Ratnayake, Producer


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3rd August
written by Nalin

Initial auditions for AVT’s production of THREE DAYS OF RAIN, by Richard Greenberg, will be Saturday, August 20th, from 9am to 12pm in the AVT garage blackbox studio. Additional audition times may be announced at the directors’ discretion. Please contact the stage manager, Claudia Herrera (, if you intend to audition and/or for further information.

Six roles will be played by three actors (2M, 1F, one role each per Act). All characters are in the general age range of late twenties to early thirties. Sides will be provided at audition time and no preparation is required, though auditioners are welcome to purchase script copies on their on in advance if desired.  Prepared monologues, theatrical resumes, or headshots are unnecessary; AVT values individual creativity, ability to interpret and apply artistic direction, personal reliability, and teamwork.

The time commitment is expected to be 4-6 hours per week in rehearsal, all tech rehearsals (evenings week of Oct. 31), and all shows (as listed below). This does not include additional line learning and character work expected of all actors on their own time.

Rehearsals will be in AVT’s garage blackbox studio. All performances will be in our blackbox spaces at the Antelope Valley Winery.


NOVEMBER 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20
by Richard Greenberg

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, New York.

A year after he disappeared on the day of his father’s funeral, Walker Janeway returns to New York. He takes up temporary residence in the unused space where, thirty-five years earlier, his architect father lived and designed the great house that would make him and his partner famous. Here he finds a clue to his troubled past: “April 3-5: Three days of rain.” So begins the curious journal of Ned Janeway, the father that Walker thought he knew. Long-overdue confrontations with his sister and best friend slowly force new meaning as they reinterpret their relationships to each other and their respective pasts. In Act II, we travel back in time to the mid-1960’s, where we are offered an alternative, unexpectedly romantic perspective of the family story. A many-layered drama peppered with witty moments that make us smile, Three Days of Rain ultimately questions the foundation of all those little stories that we tell ourselves—the ones we often need in order to make sense out of life.

Produced and directed  by Nalin A. Ratnayake
Nicelle Davis, Asst. Director / Dramaturg
Claudia Y. Herrera, Stage Manager
Kara McCollum, Artistic Director
Kevin J. Hogan, Technical Director

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